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An Evening with Val McDermid

Val talks about her new novel The Skeleton Road.

Friday 21st November 2014
Time: 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Venue: Loch Leven Community Library
Loch Leven Communtiy Campus
The Muirs
KY13 8FQ
Cost: £5.00 – Booking Essential

Loch Leven Community Library, Friday 21st November

Val McDermid is one of the biggest names in British crime writing. Her novels have been translated into 30 languages and sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Join this award-winning crime writer, journalist and occasional broadcaster as she discusses her successful writing career and reads from her soon to be published new novel, The Skeleton Road.

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An Evening with Queen of Crime, part of Books on the Tyne festival

Sunday 30th November 2014
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm

Newcastle City Library (Bewick Hall)
33 New Bridge Street West
Newcastle upon Tyne

Cost: £10.00 / £8.00

Books on Tyne festivalAn Evening with Queen of Crime, 30 November 2014

Award-winning crime writer Val McDermid in conversation with Gail-Nina Anderson rounds off Books on Tyne ‘On the Edge’. Psychological thrills don’t get more thrilling than in Val’s world so hold onto the edge of your seats tonight at our grand finale!

Café at city library will be open for the purchase of drinks.

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BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week – Forensics

BBC Radio 4

Book of the Week

BBC Radio 4 – Book of the week

Don’t forget to listen to Val reading from FORENSICS, currently BBC Radio4’s  Book of the Week.

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Start the Week

BBC Radio 4

Start the Week

Radio 4 Start the Week

BBC Radio 4 – Start the Week

If you missed Val talking about her latest book, FORENSICS, on BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week or want to listen again, there’s still time!

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Presented by 5×15: FORENSICS: An Anatomy of Crime

Presented by 5×15: FORENSICS: An Anatomy of Crime

15th October 2014 – 5×15 brings together five outstanding individuals to tell of their lives, passions and inspirations.

Wednesday 15th October 2014
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Wilton’s Music Hall, London

5×15 Wilton’s Music Hall, London

5×15 brings together five outstanding individuals to tell of their lives, passions and inspirations. There are only two rules – no scripts and only 15 minutes each. 

Val McDermid is in conversation with Kate Summerscale about her latest book Forensics – The Anatomy of Crime

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Forensics- The Anatomy of Crime – Out 2nd October

From TheGuardian – 27th September 2014

The grisly history of forensics – by crime writer Val McDermid

Forensics - The Anatomy of CrimeBlood-sucking flies, exhumed stomachs and DNA profiling – the tools of forensic science have, over the centuries, solved many a gruesome murder

In the public mind, forensic science means cutting-edge technology: well-equipped professionals performing complex experiments in glossy laboratories, as in CSI or Silent Witness. In fact, the real story of forensics is full of courtroom disasters, eccentric pioneers, crowd-pleasing showmen and dangerous (sometimes fatal) research.

For years, authorities and individuals have known that there was more to crime than just testimony: that the scene of the crime, or a murder weapon, or even a few drops of blood, could also bear witness to the truth. The first recorded use of forensics in the solution of a crime comes from a Chinese handbook for coroners called The Washing Away of Wrongs, produced in 1247. One of the many case studies it contains follows the investigation of a roadside stabbing. The coroner examined the slashes on the victim’s body, then tested an assortment of blades on a cow carcass. He concluded that the murder weapon was a sickle. But knowing what caused the wounds was a long way from identifying whose hand had wielded the blade, so he turned to possible motives. The victim’s possessions were intact, which ruled out robbery. According to his widow, he had no enemies. The best lead was the revelation that the victim hadn’t been able to satisfy a man who had recently demanded the repayment of a debt.

Read more – TheGuardian online…


• This is an extract from Val McDermid‘s Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime is published by Profile at £18.99 on 2 October. To order a copy for £14.99, visit guardianbookshop.co.uk or call 0330 333 6846. A major forensics exhibition will be held at the Wellcome Collection, London NW1, in February 2015.

Val to Visit Australia

Val Visits Australia 22rd – 30th September 2014

Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane


Perth: Monday 22 September

Melbourne: Wednesday 24 September

Brisbane: Friday 26 September

Sydney: Monday 29 September

Tour Dates

Perth: Monday 22 September  
6.30pm – 7.30pm
Val McDermid on The Skeleton Road at UWA Perth 

Venue: The University Club of Western Australia
Theatre Auditorium, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley
Ticket price: $29
For more details contact UWA on (08) 6488 2433 or book directly.

Melbourne: Wednesday 24 September
6.00pm – 8pm 
Tartan Noir Crime Queen, Val McDermid at the Melbourne Comedy Club 

Host: Sisters in Crime and the Athenaeum Library 
Venue: Comedy Club, 2nd Floor (above Athenaeum Library)
188 Collins Street, Melbourne
Ticket price: $15/$10 (members of Sisters in Crime, Writers Victoria & the Athenaeum Library/concession)
For more details and to book, visit sistersincrime.org.au

Brisbane: Friday 26 September
Val McDermid at the Grand View Hotel

Venue: The Grandview Hotel
49 North Street, Cleveland
For more details and to book, contact GVH on (07) 3286 1002

Sydney: Monday 29 September
– 8.30pm
Psychology and Crime: Val McDermid in conversation with Michael Robotham
Venue: The Eternity Playhouse
39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
For more details and to book, visit swf.org.au